Great Child’s Lit Resources

Christine wrote in the comments from my last post I love surprises:

Just out of curiosity, how do you find all of these author blogs/websites, etc? Do you just google authors you like? Is there a website that lists stuff like this? My kids would be very interested, I think, along with their “book geek” of a mom.

Thanks to the wonder that is the internet, there are tons of great email lists/blogs/websites out there to indulge our “book geekiness” if we so desire. I have found that “child’s lit” makes up the core of our homeschooling…we do a lot of reading together and always have an audio book going. And to be honest with you, I think that I enjoy this part of our homeschooling as much as the boys!

I have discovered a wealth of great authors and books by hanging out around Child Lit lovers. There are tons of folks discussing and writing about it on the web. Some of my favorites are:

Child Lit email list: By far the best resource. Ongoing discussions about anything and everything to do with Child’s Lit. This is not a homeschool specific list, but is made up of lovers of Children’s Literature…list members include authors (Jane Yolan, Philip Pullman, Bruce Hale and many others), teachers (all levels, elementary through college), librarians, English/Children’s literature majors, parents and homeschoolers. I have learned about so many great authors that I never would have known about and I love the conversations…especially interesting to hear the teachers and librarians. You can tell that these folks just love children’s books!

Mother Reader: My favorite child’s lit blog written by a mom (who doubles as a librarian’s assistant). We share similar tastes in books and I love her sense of humor. She is the one who turned me onto Mo Williams blog and the National Book Festival. And many, many great books.

Educating Alice: A great blog written by an awesome 4th grade english teacher that I “met” on the Child’s Lit email list. She has some great ideas for teaching kids and is the type of creative teacher that everyone would love for their kids (if they are not homeschooling that is!)

Other Child’s Lit blogs that I check out:

It also seems that most authors have a website or even a blog nowadays. If you have a favorite author, google and see what you find out. You never know where it might lead. I am hoping to have time soon to update my blogroll to include favorite author sites…

Hope that these get you started…but I warn you, there are tons of great Child’s Lit blogs out there…it is easy to get totally hooked! And now I find out about great new books when they first come out which drives me crazy…because I have to make the decision of whether or not to wait to get it in paperback! And what is it with this need that I have where if I find a book that I (or the boys) really love that I have to own it…even if we have gotten it from the library and already read it?? I think it is a sickness…
Happy Reading!


About throwingmarshmallows

I am a homeschooling mom to two sweet, energetic boys although I am probably not exactly what you would expect (definitely NOT your stereotypical homeschooler, if there is really such a thing). I support progressive political causes (yes, liberals can and do homeschool!) and I have found a spiritual home in the Unitarian Universalist Church. I have no real idea of how I want to use this blog, but will probably focus on homeschooling, things that I am learning from my boys, personal thoughts and opinions and maybe some liberal politics thrown in, who knows!
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9 Responses to Great Child’s Lit Resources

  1. Thanks for the info Stephanie! I see only one problem with this … more great stuff to read online! AACK! Going to check some of them out now…:)

  2. Susan says:

    Stephanie, thank you so much for the mention. Very nice! I’ve enjoyed reading your site. I’m a big fan of many homeschool blogs, and yours is great. One day I should write a Chicken Spaghetti column on my favorite homeschool sites. (My son goes to p.s.) Hey, an idea for a new post!

    Isn’t child_lit a cool thing? I usually lurk but find it fascinating. And MotherReader is truly hilarious. I agree!

  3. laraszoo says:

    Thanks for the link! The child’s lit list looks great. And, duh, I’ve never thought about just googling authors. I did some searching and found several blogs and official sites.

  4. MotherReader says:

    Thank you so much for saying I’m one of your favorites. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy – oh, no wait. That’s the cat on my lap. Well, it makes me feel special in any case.

    I’ll add that I tried the Child Lit email list and the volume of emails on that thing made me give it up, so be careful. I’ll also give a plug for Big A, little a and Chicken Spaghetti as good sources for moms in particular, as opposed to the kid lit crowd. Both sites cover a lot of territory in that they do reviews, report the biggest news (but not every little story that comes along), and are very good at pointing to other blogs when they have something interesting going on. Oh, and Susan from Chicken Spaghetti thinks I’m hilarious.

  5. Franki says:

    I just found your site through Mother Reader. I love your title and your quote so much that I am now a fan of your site:-) I am a public school teacher and have never heard that quote about learning. Best quote I’ve heard in a long time. What a great blogname! Clearly we are of the same philosophy about kids and learning!
    I’ll visit often:-)

  6. Susan says:

    A tip for Child_Lit for those who don’t want to be overwhelmed with email: get it in the digest form, which comes only once a day.

  7. Stephanie says:

    Susan – Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the compliment! Homeschooling blogs are fun and I often pick up on great child lit resources from them as well. Oh, and as far as getting the child-lit email list on digest…just be forewarned that those folks DO NOT know how to snip their messages LOL! It got to hard for me to figure out what was new and what was old…

    MotherReader – thanks for stopping by again. I hope that you don’t think that I am stalking you :)

    Franki – Welcome!I love the throwing marshmallows quote on so many levels. Glad that you enjoy my blog!

  8. Stephanie-

    Thanks for all the great leads. I find that literature is more and more the heart of what we are doing, too.

    By the way–I love your title!

  9. cloudscome says:

    Wow you have a great blog here! I came from Mother Reader too, following her link. I love your list of resources, especially the Visual/Spatial Thinker page. I am doing Project 365 too. I’ll keep coming back to check up on you!